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Splash! Accessible Water Play Around Los Angeles and Beyond

As a tot, Jonny Pierce, now 24, loved to float with his ears underwater to drown out the everyday noise. Competitive swimming has turned out to be a helpful coping mechanism for his autism and hypersensitive hearing. On the other end of the spectrum, Kylie Cervantes, who has autism, used to hate having water on her face. With the care of her instructors in an adaptive aquatics program at Best … Read Article

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Local Author’s Memoir Chronicles Summertime Joys and Woes

Summertime. Your kids love it, but do you? You don’t have to answer that. Instead, sit back and live vicariously through Kristen Hansen Brakeman, a La Cañada mom of three daughters and author of “Is That the Shirt You’re Wearing???,” a humorous book that chronicles her family’s shenanigans over two summers. “Normally, I would write when the kids were at school because my job was a freelance … Read Article

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#CampReady: The Final Countdown to Summer Camp

May is here and your kids are no doubt counting down the last days of school for summer camp in Los Angeles to commence. Let them have their fun. You, dear parent, need to be counting down your final days to prepare for summer camp. Whether this is your first go-round or you are a summer-camp veteran, pay attention, because what you do over the next few weeks could make the difference between … Read Article

Inclusive Day is Coming!

For the fifth year in a row, L.A. Parent is hosting an inclusive community celebration for families and children of all abilities in the L.A. area – and this year, we’re doing it twice. The first Inclusive Day L.A. of 2018 will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3 at the Pan Pacific Recreation Center in the mid-city area near The Grove. The event will take place in the North Gym. The day’s … Read Article